Yankees outfielder Xavier Nady is set to try swinging a bat this week for the first time since April 14, the Daily News reported Sunday. Nady, who was put on the DL April 16 with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, has been rehabbing the injury for the last three weeks.
“Recently, it’s felt good, which is nice,” Nady told Mark Feinsand. “If I’m pain-free, then I’ll get into some batting practice and get out as soon as possible into some rehab games. Nothing’s for sure. A lot will go on how it feels and if there are any setbacks.”
With Nick Swisher, Melky Cabrera, Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui playing well Nady is not needed at the moment. Of course, like Damon and Matsui, Nady is in the final year of his contract, making this an important season to play in.
If he does not progress as hoped and ends up needing surgery, that will most likely end his short Yankee career. With Damon playing as well as he has, he will most likely end up with a new contract and phenom Autsin Jackson (CF for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre) will most likely be ready for Major League duty next season, Nady will probably be the odd man out.